The police on Tuesday claimed to have solved the murder case of Sunil Yadav, 20, whose half-burnt body was found near the Sector-23 dumping ground on Sunday.
Commissioner of police, Ambala-Panchkula, OP Singh, said a parole jumper, along with his friend, allegedly killed the deceased for Rs 12,000.
Addressing a press conference, Singh said the body couldn’t be identified initially but when the news was published in the media, the deceased’s brother-in-law Pramod Yadav indentified him as Sunil Yadav, who, he claimed, had been missing since January 15.
A Crime Investigation Agency-2 team had visited the factory premises in Industrial Area where he used to work and after getting his phone number, his call details records were extracted. The deceased’s mobile phone went off in Dhakoli, Zirakpur, on January-15 night. The CCTV footage also suggested he came out of the factory along with Sonu alias Gurdeep, a Dhakoli resident.
“The police recovered victim’s Aadhaar Card and Voter ID cards from Sonu’s purse. Later he confessed that he and his friend Ravi Kumar, a Dhakoli resident, killed Sunil, as he had received a payment of Rs 12,000 from the factory on Lohri,” said Singh.
“Ravi Kumar had met with an accident a month ago, and is physically-challenged now. Though he also works in the same factory, he said he badly needed the money so they both killed Sunil,” said the police.
As per the cops, both of the accused lured Sunil to get him a new job. On the night of the murder, they told him they would take him to the owner. Later they went to a place near Ghaggar river on a motorcycle. Finding something fishy, the victim said he wanted to go home, and a scuffle ensued.
The accused pushed him downhill and hit on head with a road, while Ravi Kumar held his hands. The police said the accused allegedly removed the victim’s shoes, purse and clothes, poured petrol over him and set him ablaze.
Meanwhile, the police said Sonu alias Gurdeep was convicted of rape in Bathinda in 2011. He was sentenced to 11-year imprisonment and had come out on parole in 2015 but never went back.